Allison Silberberg
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
 

“First, we must have a core vision of who we are as a city and then focus on a plan rather than the other way around.”


                                               - Allison Silberberg


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Read Allison Silberberg’s Platform for Mayor.


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Allison’s Public Service & Short Bio



Political Experience


Intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on Capitol Hill. (Fall 1983)

    Wrote column that ran on the op/ed page of The Washington Post about the contentious creation of the King holiday.


Part of three-person team that successfully led the American Historical Association’s effort (along with numerous other groups) to lobby Congress for Women’s History Week with then-Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski’s office in the spring of 1983. (Women’s History Week is now Women’s History Month.)


Chief Research Assistant/Chief Editor for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen on Capitol Hill (1990-1992)


Volunteer Speechwriter for Democrats:

- 1992 National Democratic Convention, New York City

- Vice President Al Gore (1994)

  1. -Democratic National Committee’s Press Office: John Kerry for President (2004)


Longtime Member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee


Volunteer for many campaigns, including: John Kerry for President, Jim Webb for Senate, Brian Moran for Governor, Barack Obama for President, Adam Ebbin for Delegate, Adam Ebbin for State Senate.


Elected Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. (January 2, 2012 - December 31, 2015)


Elected the Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Alexandria. (June 2015)


Won the General Election and became Mayor-elect of Alexandria

        (November 3, 2015)


Took office as Mayor of the City of Alexandria. (January, 1, 2016 - present)


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“There are three of us running for Mayor. I suggest that the citizens not just listen to what we say. Look at what we have done with our lives and what what we are doing with our lives. And then you will know where we stand, what we stand for and what we will fight for.”                  

                                                                - Allison Silberberg


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25 Years of Community Leadership


Founder & Executive Director of Lights, Camera, Action!, a nonprofit committed to helping inner-city teens realize their potential through film. Allison mentored teens in Anacostia at the height of the crack wars in 1994. Directed and produced award-winning short film with the teens. Seven of the eight LCA! participants went to college.


Winner of two awards for directing/producing LCA!’s film, Poppy: a CINE Golden Eagle Award and an “Excellence in Local Programming Award” from the American Association of University Women, 1995.


Launched and led monthly charity events that gave all proceeds (over $50,000) to

    local nonprofits focused on children at risk and families in distress.

    (1996 - 2004)


Winner of Community Awards:


  1. -Named an Honorary “Good News Ambassador” by Good News Network (2012)


  1. -Winner of New Hope Housing’s Leadership/Servanthood Award. (2012)


  1. -Named a Changemaker by Change.org. (2009)


  1. -Winner of the Reatig Award for Outstanding Service to the Film & Video Community. (2004)


  1. -Winner of a Culturatti Award: One of 15 honored for contributions to the D.C. region’s cultural and arts scene by Cultureflux.com. (2003)


Created and donated permanent photography exhibit of the elderly for the D.C. headquarters of Emmaus Services for the Aging. (2001 – 2003)


Volunteer tutor for two 4th graders at MacArthur Elementary in Alexandria.

    (2002 – 2003)


Organized large group donation for the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and formed a “Holiday Brigade,” which volunteered at Walter Reed’s Family Medical Assistance Center, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day, 2004.


Served on the World Bank’s Community Outreach Grants Committee, which gave major grants annually to local nonprofits. (During 2005 – 2007, the Grants Committee considered dozens of grant applications and then disbursed over $1.3 million.)

Chair of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission (2010 – 2012). Appointed member of EOC (2004 - 2012).


Initiated “All Hands on Deck,” EOC’s annual public service day project, and led EOC’s city-wide effort to renovate the Alexandria Community Shelter, which is managed by New Hope Housing. (2011)


Winner of New Hope Housing’s 2012 Leadership/Servanthood Award for the “All Hands on Deck” project Allison Silberberg led for the Economic Opportunities Commission in 2011.


Sought a compromise about the Alexandria waterfront issue and wrote a column about the future of Old Town and the plan (Metro section, The Washington Post).


Served as president of the board for the Georgetown Senior Center (2010 - 2012).


Currently serves as an honorary board member of  the National Chamber Ensemble.


Elected to Alexandria City Council on November 6, 2012.


Elected Vice Mayor of Alexandria, January 2, 2013.


     Served as Secretary/Treasurer, a corporate officer, for the Metropolitan

            Washington Council of Governments, 2014.

   

     Elected Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Alexandria, June 9, 2015.


Won the General Election and became Mayor-elect of Alexandria

        (November 3, 2015)


Took office as Mayor of the City of Alexandria on January, 1, 2016.


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Short Bio


Mayor of the City of Alexandria, January, 1, 2016 - present.


Won the General Election and became Mayor-elect of Alexandria,

        November 3, 2015


Elected Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Alexandria, June 9, 2015.


Vice Mayor of Alexandria. Elected to Alexandria City Council, November 6, 2012.


    Served as Secretary/Treasurer, a corporate officer, for the Metropolitan

        Washington Council of Governments, 2014.


    The Society for Women’s Health Research, whose mission is to ensure that

        women are included in medical research, clinical trials, and drug testing,

        commissioned Allison to co-author a book. (SWHR is finalizing the book before

        publication.)


Author of two books, including “Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World,” which hit #1 on Amazon’s Philanthropy & Charity list.


Freelance writer/Communications consultant.


Columns have appeared in The Washington Post and The Dallas Morning News.


Chair, Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) (2010 - 2012). Appointed member of EOC (2004 - 2012).


As chair, EOC’s legislative priorities focused on job creation and affordable housing.


Initiated “All Hands on Deck,” the EOC’s annual public service day.


Led EOC’s city-wide effort to renovate the Alexandria Community Shelter in 2011.


Capitol Hill staff for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen of Texas.


Founder/Executive Director of Lights, Camera, Action!, a nonprofit that mentored teens in Anacostia and made an award-winning film with the teens. Seven out of the eight participants went to college.


Founder/Director of monthly, charitable events for nearly a decade that gave all proceeds (over $50,000) to local nonprofits committed to children at risk and families in distress in our region.


Served three-year term on The World Bank’s Community Outreach Grants Committee, which gave $1.3 million in grants to nonprofits focused primarily on children at risk throughout the Washington region.


Longtime member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee.


Serves as an honorary board member of the National Chamber Ensemble.


Served as the president of the board of the Georgetown Senior Center (2010-2012).


- To read an in-depth biography, please visit the BIO page.


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Education


B.A. in international relations and history, American University, 1984

M.F.A. in playwriting, UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, 1987








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